Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, CA - Niche

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Monta Vista High School is a public school in Cupertino, California. It has 2,431 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 95% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 239 reviews written and they have been mixed.

21840 Mcclellan Rd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 366-7600

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3.4 from 239 reviews
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    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Overall the competition and stress among students (which I'm assuming is mostly cause by parental influence) is enormous, but for the most part this does cause everyone to be high achievers. However, it also leads to what one of my teachers dubbed "point-grubbing", and the average student's bedtime is midnight or later. The administrative workers aren't all that great either, but the bubble of safety and shelter (provided by the area of Cupertino) and teachers (the vast majority of which are amazing at their job) make up for it.
    • High School Sophomore
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Monta Vista is super competitive, with almost everyone getting high grades and shooting for the 4.0 GPA. There's a lot of focus on academics and getting into a good college, and students will work themselves into the ground. It's not a very good school if your main strength is sports, but there are some choices for extracurriculars.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: Way too much work and stress to go to a good college, everything revolves around going to a good college. I learn a lot in the school, but it requires too much work and dedication to subjects that I'm not even interested in.
    • Parent
    • 1
    Overall Experience: This school is really bad. Run away if you can. The teachers are really bad and pay no attention to the heavy workload of the kids. Everyone is too obsessed with their SAT score to care about anything else. They all end up at a state school anyways so I mean... People don't get into Harvard or Stanford easily from here either since everyone is the same. Colleges are sick of the generic monta vista kid that applies and reject them. Just look at the admission stats from this year. So many kids ended up at DeAnza (a community college that you could've gotten to from any school). Anyways, I spent 4 horrible years in this school and am glad to finally have come out.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: Monta Vista is an excellent school; however, there is a "white" flight trend because of the majority of Asians in the school. Students in Monta Vista are very self motivated, but the overall 4.0 culture adds to the stress of the large homework load. Teachers are neither exceptional nor poor.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

Nearby Schools

Niche Grade Name Type
4.00 Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Public
4.33 John F. Kennedy Middle School Public
4.33 Stevens Creek Elementary School Public
4.00 William Regnart Elementary School Public
4.00 William Faria Elementary School Public
4.00 Garden Gate Elementary School Public
4.33 Homestead High School Public
4.33 Cupertino Middle School Public
St. Joseph of Cupertino Elementary School Private, Religious
4.33 West Valley Elementary School Public
French-American School of Silicon Valley Private
4.33 C. B. Eaton Elementary School Public
4.00 L. P. Collins Elementary School Public
4.33 Sam H. Lawson Middle School Public
4.33 R. I. Meyerholz Elementary School Public
South Peninsula Hebrew Day School Private, Religious
Resurrection School Private, Religious
3.66 Chester W. Nimitz Elementary School Public
4.33 Montclaire Elementary School Public
St. Simon Parish School Private, Religious
4.00 John Muir Elementary School Public
4.33 Blue Hills Elementary School Public
Stratford School - Sunnyvale De Anza Park Private
4.33 Louis E. Stocklmeir Elementary School Public
4.00 Fremont High School Public
4.33 Oak Avenue Elementary School Public
4.33 Mountain View High School Public
Bethel Lutheran School Private, Religious
4.00 Warren E. Hyde Middle School Public
4.00 Sunnyvale Middle School Public
4.33 Joaquin Miller Middle School Public
Alta Vista High School Public, Alternative
Waldorf School of the Peninsula Private
4.33 Cupertino High School Public
4.33 D. J. Sedgwick Elementary School Public
4.33 Nelson S. Dilworth Elementary School Public
4.33 Argonaut Elementary School Public
4.33 Cherry Chase Elementary School Public
4.33 Christa McAuliffe Elementary School Public
Miramonte School Private, Religious
4.33 Cumberland Elementary School Public
4.33 Foothill Elementary School Public
4.33 Lynbrook High School Public
4.33 Georgina P. Blach Junior High School Public
4.33 Saratoga High School Public
4.33 Loyola Elementary School Public
4.00 Murdock-Portal Elementary School Public
Sunnyvale Christian School Private, Religious
St. Andrew's Episcopal School Private, Religious
4.00 Marian A. Peterson Middle School Public
Sacred Heart School Private, Religious
Catholic Schools of Sunnyvale - St. Martin Private, Religious
Silicon Valley Academy Private, Religious
Los Altos Christian School Private, Religious
3.33 Prospect High School Public
4.00 Laurelwood Elementary School Public
3.66 Braly Elementary School Public
4.33 Frank L. Huff Elementary School Public
3.66 St. Francis High School Private, Religious
3.66 Ellis Elementary School Public
Stratford School - Sunnyvale Washington Park Private
4.33 Redwood Middle School Public
4.33 Saratoga Elementary School Public
Catholic Schools of Sunnyvale - St. Cyprian Private, Religious
Queen of Apostles School Private, Religious
2.33 Vargas Elementary School Public
4.00 Manuel de Vargas Elementary School Public
3.66 Ponderosa Elementary School Public
Pinewood Private School Lower Camp Private
4.33 Country Lane Elementary School Public
4.33 Springer Elementary School Public
4.00 Benjamin Bubb Elementary School Public
Valley International Academy Private
4.00 Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School Public
St. Stephen Lutheran School Private, Religious
Monticello Academy Private
Santa Clara Community Day Public
Champion School Private
4.00 Easterbrook Discovery Public
4.00 Sutter Elementary School Public
Stratford School - Santa Clara Pomeroy Private
Delphi Academy of San Francisco Bay Private
New Valley Continuation High School Public, Alternative
Neighborhood Christian Center Private, Religious
Heritage Academy Private, Religious
4.00 Isaac Newton Graham Middle School Public
3.33 Edith Landels Elementary School Public

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.33 Homestead High School 1 mi. 2,366
4.00 Fremont High School 3 mi. 2,009
4.33 Mountain View High School 3 mi. 1,851
4.33 Cupertino High School 3 mi. 1,978
4.33 Lynbrook High School 3 mi. 1,845

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Male 49%
Female 50%

Student Diversity

Monta Vista High School United States Cupertino High School Fremont High School Homestead High School Lynbrook High School Mountain View High School
Asian 78.0% 4.8% 61.0% 26.0% 39.0% 80.0% 24.0%
White 16.0% 51.0% 22.0% 20.0% 36.0% 13.0% 50.0%
Multiracial 2.0% 2.8% 3.0% 3.0% 4.0% 1.0% 1.0%
Hispanic 2.0% 25.0% 11.0% 45.0% 17.0% 2.0% 20.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
African American 0% 15.0% 1.0% 2.0% 1.0% 0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 1.0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 24.5%
Grade 10 25.8%
Grade 11 26.6%
Grade 12 23.2%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 28 responses

  • 25% Yes
  • 36% Not sure.
  • 39% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 16 responses

  • 32% Good learning environment
  • 21% You CAN learn if you want to
  • 18% The handful of great teachers
  • 14% People are pretty accepting here
  • 7% Facilities
  • 7% Well-knit social circles

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 22% Stress
  • 21% Workload
  • 17% Competition
  • 12% Lack of diversity
  • 10% Bad teachers
  • 7% Culture
  • 7% Too many people at this school
  • 2% Everything

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 20 responses

  • 35% More academics-oriented people than normal
  • 25% Its full of students who care more for schoolwork
  • 20% It is very competitive but has school spirit
  • 20% No one has a life

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 52% Very stressful and competitive
  • 33% Academically intensive
  • 5% Street dumb
  • 5% Hassle
  • 5% Book-smart

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 41% Do well in classes, but search for your interests
  • 41% Time management and knowing your interests
  • 5% Run away if you can
  • 5% Don't follow the crowd if you have different likes
  • 5% Balance academics and extracurriculars well
  • 5% Dare to be different

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 19 responses

  • 0% I love everything about this school.
  • 47% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 37% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 16% I hate everything about this school.